This blog aims to highlight issues and information that don't always make it into the mainstream media. Recognising that comment is cheap, wherever possible it will link you directly to documents and sources that are mentioned in the text.
I realised some time ago that it was impossible to write about Afghanistan without writing about Pakistan and other neighbouring countries. With that in mind, the reader will come across articles that, while not specifically about Afghanistan, in some way shed light on the conflict.
Four years ago I recommended to DFID a competition/exhibition in Afghanistan based on photos taken with mobile phones. At long last someone - not DFID - has gone ahead and organised one. Well done, Institut Francais in Kabul! Its exhibition, Stolen Moments, featuring pictures taken by Sulyman Qardash, Sultana Lodin and Orzala Nemat, runs from 16 June - 9 July.